October 16, 2010


Saturday, October 16, 2010

Middle East/Latin America Files: Ahmadinejad's provocative trip to Lebanon, rallies Hezbollah; Chavez's Axis of Evil tour; Ortega cozies up to Syria 


On Thursday, Iranian dictator Mahmoud (“Iwannajihad”) Ahmadinejad made a provocative trip to Lebanon, visiting the Hezbollah strongholds of Bint Jbail and Qana in the southern part of the country, a short distance from the Israeli border. Both towns were devastated by the Israeli Air Force (IAF) during the 2006 war.

In Bint Jbail, Ahmadinejad warned the world that the Islamic Messiah, the Mahdi, was imminent and urged the “oppressed masses” of the Middle East to “wipe out” the Zionists. He praised Hezbollah, which has been not-so-discreetly armed by Iran, as a “model for Lebanon and the rest of the world.”

Nearby, a group of young men on horseback chanted slogans of loyalty to Ahmadinejad and Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s leader. “It’s a historic day,” triumphed Hussein Awada, one of the riders, who fought for Hezbollah in the 2006 war. “We have Ahmadinejad on the border of Palestine. Yes, this is Palestine, not Israel, and God willing, Israel will soon vanish with the blessing of this man.”

Pictured above: Hezbollah supporters welcome Iran's president to Lebanese border town Bint Jbail, on October 14.The Lebanese government, which contains Hezbollah members, feted the Iranian president, making sure the streets of Beirut were festooned with signs and billboards bearing Ahmadinejad’s mugshot. Iranian flags lined roads throughout southern Lebanon, where Ahmadinejad flew by helicopter, after meeting Prime Minister Saad Hariri and President Michel Suleiman.

Israel’s center-right prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, promptly rebuffed Ahmadinejad’s provocation during remarks at the Independence Hall in Tel Aviv, the site of the declaration of the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. “The best answer was given here 62 years ago,” Netanyahu declared, adding: “All those people who think that Zionism will disappear—not only is it not disappearing, but it is growing stronger.”

Netanyahu vowed that Israel would continue to defend itself in collaboration with its allies. To substantiate his claim, he mentioned that this week the IAF will conduct joint maneuvers with the Hellenic Air Force in Greek airspace.

Amos Gilad, a senior Israeli Defense Ministry official, described the area south of Beirut as “Hezbollah-stan,” while Uzi Landau, Minister of National Infrastructure, told Israel Radio, “The lesson we should learn from Ahmadinejad’s visit is that Iran is on the northern border of Israel.”
Meanwhile, this past Thursday, Venezuela’s communist dictator, Hugo Chavez, arrived in Moscow for his annual debriefing session with KGB handler, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, as well as the titular president of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev. The Russian president elaborated on the meeting with his Venezuelan counterpart:

We are moving on to new agreements on a wide range of projects. We have a strategic partnership, we are close friends. A series of bilateral agreements will be signed later today. We hope that infrastructure projects will be developed. We talked about high technology and today for the first time ever we touched upon cooperation in the space sphere.
Referring to Georgia’s breakaway regions, Medvedev added: “Venezuela has acted like a real friend in recognizing the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.”

Among other bilateral agreements, Russia plans to build a nuclear power station and public housing in Venezuela, buy three of British Petroleum’s assets in Venezuela, and sell five S-300PMU-1 air defence systems to the South American country. The latter were originally ordered by Iran five years ago, but Moscow has decided to respect the United Nations interdict placed on the sale of such defensive weapons to Tehran. Instead, Russia intends to compensate Iran for reneging on their contract.

No doubt, Chavez will be more than happy to slap down US$800 million for some S-300 batteries. Moscow can then transfer the proceeds of the sale to Ahmadinjad’s Islamo-Nazi regime. “The S-300 is a very good product and Venezuela should pay the full amount in cash, as the country's budget has enough funds to cover the deal,” commented Igor Korotchenko, head of a Moscow-based think tank.

Russia has already extended several loans to Venezuela to buy Russian-made weaponry, including a US$2.2-million loan on the purchase of at least 35 T-72M1M tanks and Smerch multiple-launch rocket systems, which will be positioned along the border of nemesis Colombia.

Chavez’s annual “Axis of Evil” tour will also include visits to Portugal, the former Soviet republics of Belarus and Ukraine, the terrorist-sponsoring states of Syria, Iran, and Libya, and the People’s Republic of China. He last visited Syria in 2006 and 2009, holding talks with President Bashar al-Assad. For their part, Cuba and Venezuela vie for Russia’s favors. Putin showed up in Caracas this past April, while Medvedev materialized in November 2008.

Meanwhile, neo-Sandinista Nicaragua is also cozying up to the fascist-communist-terrorist regime in Damascus. This past Wednesday, Assad received a letter from Nicaraguan counterpart Daniel Ortega, in which “El Comandante” advocated the promotion of deeper relations between the two countries. Nicaragua’s Foreign Affairs Minister Samuel Santos Lopez presented Ortega’s letter in person during a meeting with the Syrian president. The letter included an invitation to Assad to visit Managua. This past summer, Assad visited Cuba and Venezuela, but bypassed Nicaragua.

For his part, Assad expressed “Syria’s great appreciation of Nicaragua’s stance towards the Arab issues,” and noted both the “positive transitions taking place in Central and Latin Americas,” meaning the installation of leftist regimes, and the “importance of developing the Arab-Latin America relations,” for the purpose of confronting “the attempts of big powers to control the resources of these countries,” meaning “US imperialism.” Together Assad and Santos condemned the “serious policies Israel adopts to undermine all hopes of achieving peace.”

Ortega recently hosted North Korea’s emissary in a move to restore Cold War-era relations with Pyongyang.

In a related story, Inside Costa Rica reports that the Sandinistas’ underhanded constitutional manipulations and street-level intimidation tactics have effectively scattered the opposition. A survey conducted in late September and published last Sunday by the independent, Managua-based polling firm M&R Consultores, shows that the Sandinistas are the “main political force” in Nicaragua.

In the survey, 36.8 percent of those interviewed admitted they sympathized with the Sandinista National Liberation Front, 49.8 percent indicated no party preference, and 13.4 percent explained they supported one of the opposition parties. As a result, Ortega, whose eligibility for re-election is contested, would win easily in the first round with 43.3 percent of the vote, if he competes against fair-weather ally and former president Arnoldo Aleman, and businessman Fabio Gadea.